The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Monday, arraigned a hacker identified as Stephen Omaidu before a Federal Capital Territory High Court sitting in Jabi, Abuja, on a two-count charge bordering on theft to the tune of N68.028 billion.
Omaidu, was said to have connived with Alhaji K. B. Kabiru, Godswill Oyegwa, Ben and Oliver who are all at large, to hack into the server of a second-generation bank and transferred N68.028 billion into different accounts for personal gains.
According to the charge sheet, the offence is punishable under Section 287 of the Penal Code Act.
Omaidu’s pleaded not guilty before the court presided over by Justice M. A. Nasir while counsel to EFCC, S. A. Ugwuebgulam, asked the court to fix a date for trial to commence.
However, defence counsel, Gabriel O. Sanifu, urged the court to admit the accused to bail, pending trial, saying the offence is bailable while Ugwuegbulam objected to the application on the ground that the accused had failed to honour the administrative bail terms earlier granted him by the commission and could do same if not remanded by the court.
Justice Nasir consequently ordered the accused remanded in the custody of EFCC while he adjourned the case to April 28 for ruling on the bail application.